President sets new truck efficiency standards

 

President Obama ordered new fuel standards for commercial trucks earlier this year, which shows lawmakers will continue to look for ways to offset the pollution caused by the growing number of trucks across the country.

“The new regulations, to be drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department by March 2015 and completed a year later so they are in place before Mr. Obama leaves office, are the latest in a series of actions intended to cut back on greenhouse gases without the sort of comprehensive legislation the president failed to push through Congress in his first term,” the New York Times reported earlier this year.

“The limits on greenhouse gas pollution from trucks would combine with previous rules requiring passenger cars and light trucks to burn fuel more efficiently and pending rules to limit the carbon emissions of power plants. Cumulatively, experts said the à la carte approach should enable Mr. Obama to meet his target of cutting carbon pollution in the United States by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. But they said he would still be far short of his goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050.”

In the same New York Times article, Obama was quoted as saying he saw the new standards as good for the truck industry because it would help drive down oil prices.

“Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said at a Safeway grocery distribution center here, flanked by a Peterbilt truck and Safeway and Coca-Cola cabs. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay off in lower prices for consumers. So it’s not just a win-win, it’s a win-win-win. We got three wins.”

It’s no surprise that truck officials have been less than excited about the new standards as “truck manufacturers have lobbied heavily against aggressive increases in federal fuel economy standards, saying that they could increase vehicle prices and diminish safety.”

However, increased fuel efficiency standards appear to be the new reality for truck carriers as the number of trucks hitting the road each month continues to grow. As the demand for CDL training drivers continues to grow, the number of trucks on the highways will also continue to grow.

Other findings from the New York Times article include:

· Republicans have said that the president should not single-handedly impose what they consider onerous requirements on vast swaths of the energy economy when Congress has opted against its own intervention.

· The announcement was part of the president’s vow in his State of the Union address last month to advance his agenda “with or without Congress.” But while most of the actions taken since then have been relatively modest, like ordering a study of job training programs, one area where Mr. Obama both has the power to take more sweeping action and seems intent on using it is the environment.

· In the case of carbon pollution, Mr. Obama has the legal authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate any substance designated as a pollutant that harms or endangers human health. In 2009, the E.P.A. determined that carbon dioxide, emitted in large quantities from tailpipes and smokestacks, meets that definition.

· While Mr. Obama effectively gave up on comprehensive climate legislation after it stalled in the Senate in his first term, aides said he saw climate change as an area where he could still shape his legacy. He recruited John D. Podesta, a former White House chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, to join his team as counselor in part to direct a more aggressive approach to the issue.

· The administration has recently sought to elevate the issue. Two weeks ago officials announced creation of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers adapt to the impact of climate change, like drought and increased pests. Last week in California’s parched Central Valley, Mr. Obama announced a $1 billion “climate resiliency” fund for affected communities. Last weekend while in Jakarta, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Indonesia to sign a major climate treaty and directed American diplomatic missions to make climate change a top priority. The American Trucking Association took a more cautious view, saying that it had worked with the administration on previous rules. “As we begin this new round of standards, A.T.A. hopes the administration will set forth a path that is both based on the best science and research available and economically achievable,” said Bill Graves, the association’s chief executive.

FMCSA closes commenting period for proposed mandate

 

The period for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate ended last month.

The CCJ Symposium was held in La Jolla, Calif., last month and “a session devoted to issues surrounding the ELD mandate saw fleet reps from Con-way, Swift and John Christner Trucking speak of their respective fleets’ e-log implementations and associated challenges,” Overdrive Magazine reported.Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts covered the panel, in which all speakers emphasized difficulties in implementation and generally positive experiences following.”

Overdrive Magazine added that while “owner-operators wouldn’t experience the same length of time for implementation as such large fleets, small fleets have reported a similar dynamic, with some difficulty settling on a system on the market currently that fit their company’s needs well.”

Overdrive magazine conducted a survey this year and asked about the mandate. Findings from the survey include:

· Only 12 percent of readers indicated they were using e-logs for hours of service compliance today — implementation for non-ELD-equipped trucks, should the mandate become final, will be no small matter.

· Among recent commenters, reader Geoff Chausse was among those already running under ELDs (for two years now, he said), and he summed up advantages and disadvantages in commentary under the story at this link. Among the advantages: “I no longer can be tempted to run two days straight. I don’t have to draw lines, figure recaps or figure out where I am.” The disadvantages Chausse named, however, were numerous and, considered on the whole, may represent a safety negative for trucking nationwide, particularly given time pressures of the 14-hour clock in the hours of service rules, he wrote. “I have no choice but to drive in traffic, adverse weather conditions and/or fatigued because I can’t take a nap or avoid adverse conditions because it is tick, tick, ticking away.”

· ELDs also have exacerbated already extant parking shortages, he added. “We all pretty much pick up at the same times, therefore we all run out of hours at about the same times. Slow loading or unloading times affect my overall productivity and paycheck more so then they did before.” In short, Chausse concluded, “they are expensive and restrictive, and should be left as a choice.”

Changes to the truck industry would impact thousands of drivers across the nation. The demand for CDL trained drivers continues to grow and jobseekers looking for a long-term career are turning to the commercial truck industry.

Working as a commercial truck driver can be a rewarding career, especially for a person who appreciates playing such an important role in the national economy. Trucks move America, and as the commercial trucking industry succeeds, so does the national economy. America’s truck drivers play an important role in that process, especially with a shortage of qualified drivers across the country.

Trucks will continue to grow in number across the country as the demand for trucking services continues to rise. US Truck Driving School offers a CDL training program that is helping jobseekers start a long-term career as a professional commercial truck driver, which is especially needed in today’s era of high unemployment. Carriers all across the country are experiencing a shortage of qualified drivers, which makes professional training from a respected school like US Truck Driving School the logical first step in getting work in this growing industry. The quality of education at US Truck Driving School is so good that many students graduate from the CDL training program with multiple job offers and opportunities. Recruiters also work with students to help them find the right commercial truck-driving job on the routes they are looking for in the region they want to live in. There are many opportunities for truck drivers, especially those that have the right kind of training and experience that most carriers are looking for.

Students also benefit from the fact that recruiters at US Truck work to help graduates find employment at some of the best carriers upon completion of the program. In fact, many students complete the CDL training program with multiple job offers waiting for them.

America needs more truck drivers and many Americans need a job. It makes sense that many jobseekers would consider a career as a commercial truck driver, especially considering this will be an in demand career for several years to come.

Trucking headlines from June

 

Here are some recent headlines from the trucking industry, which continues to grow, add jobs and boost the economy.

CNG partnership in the works

Overdrive Magazine recently reported that “Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Watson Engineering are teaming on Mainstay’s proprietary on-board CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy-duty trucks.” The same article reported that “Watson will provide components and fabrication services.”

“Watson’s broad experience with engineered structural solutions and their long-standing ties to transportation OEMs significantly increases our capabilities to service our fleet customers,” said Rod Grandy, Mainstay’s CEO. He added, “Watson’s manufacturing capacity, combined with our proprietary designs and high-pressure expertise, will enable us to scale quickly and meet the growing market demand for CNG-powered trucks.”

Private-Public partnerships proposed for transportation plan

As truck officials wait for lawmakers to develop a new long-term funding plan for highway and transportation spending, it appears that private-public partnerships might be a part of any new deal.

“Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear,” reported TruckingInfo.com.
“Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.”

One lawmaker has proposed the Partnership to Build America Act, which uses both government and private entities to build and maintain roads and infrastructure.
The bill, which is from Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., has bipartisan support in the House and Senate and would create a tax incentive for private interests to invest $50 billion in infrastructure projects.

“Under the terms of his deal, businesses would buy bonds in return for getting tax-free repatriation of a certain amount of their overseas earnings,” TruckingInfo.com reported. “The $50 billion could be leveraged up to $750 billion in infrastructure financing.

“This approach fuses two concepts,” Delaney said. “It increases investment in infrastructure and it creates incentives to bring dollars home.”

Congestion on the rise as more trucks hit the road

Traffic congestions causes a lot of headaches for Americans and it’s also a problem for the commercial trucking industry.

With more cars and trucks on the road these days, traffic is becoming a regular part of life across the country. It’s become such a big problem that commercial truck carriers are finding themselves having to spend billions of extra dollars each year.

“Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to research released Wednesday by the American Transportation Research Institute,” reported TruckingInfo.com. “The group used motor carrier financial data along with billions of anonymous truck GPS data points to calculate congestion delays and costs on each mile of Interstate roadway. Delays totaled over 141 million hours of lost productivity, which equals more than 51,000 truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.”

Good salaries can be found in trucking sector

Employment opportunities are growing across the nation, but many Americans are finding that the high-paying jobs that were available before the recession are no longer in high supply.

The New York Times recently reported that many high-wage and middle-wage jobs have been wiped out over the past few years.

“In essence, the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones,” wrote Annie Lowrey in an April 27 New York Times article. “That is the conclusion of a new report from the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy group, analyzing employment trends four years into the recovery.”

While good paying jobs might be hard to find, there is one sector that offers steady employment and good pay. The commercial truck industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years and there are many good paying jobs for those applicants with professional CDL training. Considering a career as a professional truck driver might be the right choice, especially as the nation no longer offers as many good paying jobs as it once did.

Driving a commercial truck today is different than it used to be. However, fall all the changes in technology, health and safety, each truck still requires a professionally trained driver behind the wheel. That means as the industry continues to put more trucks on the road to meet growing demand, there will also be a growing demand for driver with CDL training.

Using your Post 9/11 GI Bill at USTDS

 

Use your Post 9/11 GI Bill at USTDSUS Truck Driving School proudly offers financial assistance to military veterans, active service members, reservists, dependents and spouses under several different programs – including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is available for training at non-college-degree Institutions, including truck driver training for a Class A CDL. Under this program, the benefit covers the actual costs for tuition and fees, up to the national maximum. Payments are issued monthly after the training is completed. The monthly entitlement is based on the number of clock hours you attend training during each week of the month. The payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program you are utilizing, how long your qualifying military service was, and the type of non-college-degree school you are attending.

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

To find out more about using your Post 9/11 GI Bill for your CDL training, or to see what other Financial Aid US Truck Driving School has available to Military Veterans, visit http://www.ustruck.com/veterans/. To speak with a Financial Aid Advisor, call us at 888.308.8170

All information regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be obtained by visiting http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

EPA Wants Cleaner Engines

 

Truck officials and environmental agencies are hoping to develop a cleaner truck engine.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made $9 million in grant funding available for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines,” reports TruckingInfo.com. “The funding comes from EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program, targeting what the agency says are the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas designated as poor air quality areas.

Under this funding, EPA anticipates awarding between 10 and 20 assistance agreements.
Various strategies are eligible for achieving diesel emission reductions, such as installing verified exhaust control and idle reduction devices, and vehicle and engine replacement. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other diesel engines.

The EPA claims since the start of the DERA program in 2008, it has improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel. EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 of public health benefit for every $1 spent on diesel projects.

The commercial truck industry is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the nation and carriers all across the country are looking for thousands of drives with professional CDL training.

News for the trucking world

 

Here are some of the most interesting news stories from the commercial truck industry over the past month:

Fuel Saving Techniques Sought

TruckingInfo.com is looking for tips on how to save fuel.

“Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel?” TruckingInfo.com asks. “If so, Heavy Duty Trucking’s editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring ‘100 Ways to Save on Fuel.’”

TruckingInfo.com reports that the “HDT team is compiling ideas from their files, from industry suppliers, and from drivers and fleets. These tips will cover everything from equipment spec’ing and maintenance to driving techniques to getting discounts on fuel purchases. Especially wanted are specific, real-world examples with numbers to back them, and out-of-the-box ideas. Photos are helpful, too.”

Fuel conservation is a big topic in the trucking industry, which is why many carriers are looking for professionally trained truck drivers who understand the importance of conserving fuel through proper driving techniques.

Trucking Leaders want Alternative Funding Source

Trucking officials are asking Congress to come up with another funding source for a new transportation plan proposed by the President.

“A national coalition of transportation companies said it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees,” TruckingInfo.com reported last month.
The Trucking Alliance, also know as The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, is urging Congress to create new revenue for the nation’s infrastructure by increasing the federal diesel fuel tax rate, rather than giving states more authority to toll highways, as President Obama’s plan would do.”

TruckingInfo.com reports that the administration’s plan currently does not call for any fuel tax hike, with neither many Democrats or Republicans at least supporting one in an election year, however, such an increase is still being discussed, including by one high-ranking Senate member.

“I applaud the President for proposing a long-term transportation plan and most of it is needed and workable,” said Steve Williams, chairman of the Trucking Alliance and CEO of the trucking company Maverick USA “But our congressional leaders must recognize that the only way to quickly repair our crumbling roads and bridges and improve safety for motorists is to increase user fees on a major industry that is already willing to pay them.”

Williams also said the Obama administration’s proposal to give states more authority to toll highways is problematic, but if Congress doesn’t allow the trucking industry to pay more to help repair highways and bridges, tolling could be the nation’s only option by default. Williams also cited a study released yesterday by the American Transportation Research Institute, of which he is also chairman, in which it’s estimated that congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added more than $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013.

Factories, auto manufacturers send business to trucks

 

The commercial truck industry ships the majority of goods and products in the United States. That means as manufacturing output increases, the demand for trucking services – and more professionally trained truck drivers – also rises.

The overall economy is showing signs of growth, but there are two particular areas of growth that are benefiting the commercial truck industry.

The first is an increase in factory shipments.

“A separate report from the U.S. Commerce Department shows gains for factory shipments and new orders in March,” reported TruckingInfo.com. “Shipments increased 0.3 percent from the previous month while new orders gained 1.5 percent. The level of factory shipments is the highest on record, going back to 1992, and follows a 0.9 percent increase in February.”

As factors respond to new orders, trucks are called on to ship those products.

“New orders, excluding transportation, increased 0.6 percent, while new orders of manufactured durable goods picked up an upwardly revised 2.9 percent, following a 2.3 percent increase in February,” reported Truckinginfo.com. “New orders for transportation equipment led the hike, picking up 4 percent.”

TruckingInfo.com also added that, “Orders for core capital goods, an indicator for future business investment, gained 3.5 percent in March, after a 0.9 percent decline in February, the biggest increase since January 2013. Shipments of manufactured durable goods gained an upwardly revised 1.2 percent following a 1 percent February increase. It was led by transportation equipment shipments, increasing 1.5 percent.”

Another area of growth that is having a positive impact on the commercial trucking industry is auto sales. TruckingInfo.com reported the following:

· U.S. auto sales of revving higher and are poised to hit its highest level in several years.

· Estimates are that nearly 1.4 million cars, light trucks and SUVs were sold in April, 8 percent higher than the same time a year ago, according to published reports.

· The annual rate is at 16 million, down slightly from March’s pace, but is the best showing since March 2007. Last year, consumers purchased 15.6 million cars and related vehicles. Growth in auto sales got off to a poor start the first couple of months of the year, but finally picked up in late March.

· General Motors saw a 7 perent increase in sales in April compared to the same time in 2013, while Fiat Chrysler saw a 14 percent gain. Ford slipped 1 percent. Toyota and Nissan reported gains of 13 percent and 18 percent, respectively, while Honda saw just a 1 percent increase. Others in positive territory for the month include Daimler, Hyundai, Audi and BMW while Volkswagen fell 8.4 percent. Subaru had the biggest upturn, adding 22 percent.

An increase in factory orders and auto sales is sending more business to the commercial truck industry and that means the demand for professionally trained truck drivers is also on the rise.

The majority of freight shipped in America travels on the back of a commercial truck and as shipping volumes rise, so does business for the nation’s truck industry. Commercial trucks are seeing the demand for both short- and long-haul routes increase as the manufacturing and construction sectors each show their own growth. As the overall economy continues to rebound from the 2008 recession, the commercial truck sector should continue to experience rapid growth and that will mean more and more professionally trained truck drivers will be needed to meet growing demand.

If you are a jobseeker looking to take advantage of this growing sector and have an interest in becoming a professional truck driver then the CDL training program at US Truck might be the best place to start. More trucks are going to be hitting the road in the coming years and that means more drivers will be needed to help meet the rising demand. Employers are looking for truck drivers with professional CDL training and who have experience operating a truck in a safe manner. The stakes are higher than they have ever been when it comes to holding carriers accountable for safety violations, which means the demand for professionally trained driver is at an all time high.

There has never been a better time than now to become a professional truck driver in the growing trucking industry.

Economic gains mean increased trucking demand

 

America’s economy could use some good news, and the nation’s got just that last month with the latest unemployment report.

“Unemployment in the U.S. fell several notches in April, hitting its lowest level since September 2008,” reported Truckinginfo.com. “Numbers released [last month] by the U.S. Labor Department show 288,000 jobs were added, the most since January 2012, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in March.”

The news of a growing economy is good news for jobseekers, but it is also good for the tucking industry. The commercial truck sector is often called one of the nation’s most recession-proof industries. That’s because even during times of economic decline, the trucking sector stays busy. However, when the economy is growing, like it is right now, the demand for trucking services grows even faster.

A growing economy means a growing demand for truck drivers and that was the case last month.

“6,800 of the overall job gains in April were in the for-hire trucking business, while the wider transportation and warehousing sector gained 11,300 jobs,” reported Truckinginfo.com. “Other sectors also saw impressive jobs gains with 32,000 in construction, 12,000 in manufacturing, 35,000 in retail and 75,000 in professional and business services.”

The report of job gains comes after a slow start to 2014.

“An impressive headline report suggesting noticeable momentum in the labor market after months of weakness at the start of the year,” said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist with the investment firm Sterne Agee. “But while the headline reading appears to be fantastic, reinstating the pre-winter weather momentum of October and November, the inorganic decline in the unemployment rate suggests there are still significant headwinds facing the U.S. labor market. This juxtaposition of strength and weakness within the same report is the very reason the Federal Reserve opted to move away from a quantitative target on the unemployment rate to a more qualitative, broad-based assessment of labor market conditions.”

Piegza also pointed out this recent decline in unemployment was not the result of millions of Americans finding employment, noting household employment fell by 73,000 in April.

“The decline was the result of hundreds of thousands of Americans dropping out of the labor force,” she said. “The labor force fell by 806,000 in April, the largest monthly decline since October 2013, pulling down the participation rate from 63.2 percent to 62.8 percent. After three months of improvement, the participation rate has fallen back down to December’s level, the lowest reading in more than three decades.”

That means long-term jobs can still be hard to come by. That is also why many jobseekers are considering a new career as a truck driver because the trucking industry continues to show an increased demand for more drivers, especially those with professional CDL training.

If you are someone who is looking to work in a new industry but are looking for a job that offers good pay, stability and the chance for advancement, then the commercial truck industry is an ideal place to start your search. Truck carriers across the country are looking for new drivers to help meet rising demand, which is showcased in various reports, such as the tonnage index.

However, truck carriers are most interested in applicants who have professional training from a respected CDL school. Carriers are looking for drivers with a mix of training and experience who can hit the ground running in the fast-growing commercial truck industry.

US Truck Driving School offers a CDL training program that is helping jobseekers start a long-term career as a professional commercial truck driver, which is especially needed in today’s era of high unemployment. Carriers all across the country are experiencing a shortage of qualified drivers, which makes professional training from a respected school like US Truck Driving School the logical first step in getting work in this growing industry. The quality of education at US Truck Driving School is so good that many students graduate from the CDL training program with multiple job offers and opportunities. Recruiters also work with students to help them find the right commercial truck-driving job on the routes they are looking for in the region they want to live in. There are many opportunities for truck drivers, especially those that have the right kind of training and experience that most carriers are looking for.

Carriers looking for safe drivers

 

Agencies that oversee the trucking industry are cracking down on drivers and carriers that are violating laws that set limits on haul sizes, driving hours and others requirements placed on the trucking sector.

That is why it is more important than ever for truck carriers to hire truck drivers who have professional CDL training and a reputation for meeting high safety standards.

There is a growing demand for truck drivers, especially as the economy continues to grow. However, some of the nation’s top truck carriers are struggling to find enough qualified drivers to meet the growing demand. This includes a shortage of drivers with professional training from a top level CDL school like US Truck.

An annual three-day truck inspection blitz will be held in June as truck regulators acorss the country crack down on unsafe drivers and carriers.

“The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck is June 3 through June 5, when approximately 10,000 truck inspectors will fan-out to 1,500 locations across North America,’ reports TruckingInfo.com. “It is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.”

The trucking industry’s safety record is rising, due in large part to the crackdown on unsafe drivers and carriers. However, this means jobseekers hoping to launch a new career as a professional truck driver should receive professional CDL training in order to stand out to carriers who are looking for safe and responsible truckers.

“CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico,” TruckingInfo.com added.
“Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided, according to CVSA.”

An increase in inspections is good for the safety of truck drivers and other motorists on the road. But it also means today’s drivers must be especially aware of trucking laws and regulations. There is a growing need for thousands of more truck drivers, but carriers are especially interested in those applicants who have completed a CDL training program from a quality school like US Truck.

Next month’s safety blitz will “also provided for the distribution of countless pieces of educational literature and safety events to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program,” TruckingInfo.com reports. “During last year’s road check more than 73,000 truck and bus inspections were conducted. Of those inspections, a total of 47,771 were North American Standard Level I inspections, the most comprehensive roadside inspection, in which vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations.”

TruckingInfo.com also reports that nearly a quarter of drivers inspected last year were found to be in violation of some law or regulation. “Other inspections conducted were vehicle-only or driver-only inspections. Of Level I inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 24.1 percent were found with out-of-service violations. There were a total of 71,630 driver inspections, including those conducted during Level I inspections, from which 4.3 percent were found with out-of service violations.”

It’s more important than ever for today’s truck drivers to have a firm understanding of the rules and regulations of the road. Carriers know they can save a lot of money by hiring drives that operate their truck in a safe manner. That is why jobseekers considering a new career as a professional truck drivers should consider completing a CDL training program like the one at Us Truck where the latest safety regulations and laws are taught to students. Graduates of the CDL training program at US Truck can feel confident in their abilities and might be more attractive to truck carriers that are looking for driver they can trust.

Now is a great time to become a professional truck driver and carriers are looking for applicants with professional CDL training.

Reasons for growth as trucking sector expands

 

There are three main reasons for the recent growth in commercial trucking, according to truck industry magazine.

The first is that a “large number of long-time drivers are approaching retirement age,” according to Overdrive Online. Thousands of current commercial truck drivers will be entering retirement at some point I the next few years and third of all drivers are expected to be retired at some point over the next decade. This means that a new generation of commercial truck drivers are needed to pick up the slack. Plus, the truck industry has changed dramatically since many of those older drivers first entered the profession. Carriers are looking for new drivers who have relevant CDL training and understand the new technologies used onboard a commercial truck.

The second reason is that “new regulations – notably the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program – have pushed many drivers out of the industry.” There is a higher focus on safety these days as both carriers and lawmakers are cracking down on unsafe drivers. The new regulations are making it even harder for those without CDL training to remain in this field. However, the new regulations mean truck carriers are more eager to higher drivers with CDL training from a school like US Truck. Applicants with CDL training have an advantage as carriers know these types of drivers understand the importance of safety and have been trained according to the new regulations that are now a part of the commercial truck sector.

The third reason for the current driver shortage, according to Overdrive Online, is that there have been “productivity losses due to the new hours of service regulations, [which] mean more drivers are required to deliver the same amount of freight.” It’s simple math: fewer hours to drive means more drivers are needed. Beside the changes in the hours of service regulations, the commercial truck industry has been experiencing rapid growth through an increase in shipping. This means even more drivers are needed to help meet the growing demand, especially now that new hours of service requirements have gone into effect.

With a need for more trucks on the road, some carriers are looking for ways to offset rising fuel costs by exploring alternative fuels, such as natural gas.

Increased natural gas use in the commercial truck industry should decrease fuel costs, which will allow the trucking sector to grow even faster in an attempt to meet growing demand for trucking services. The number of natural gas engines is growing across the trucking industry as the trucking sector is adding thousands of new trucks and drivers to the road each month.

Rising fuel costs aren’t the only challenge carriers face as a shortage of truck drivers is leaving some employers scrambling to find help. This shortage means there thousands of employment opportunities right now for drivers with professional CDL training. However, the fact that truck carriers are competing with each other to attract the best drivers with good pay and benefits, means the truck industry offers one of the nation’s top employment sectors.

US Truck is a national leader in training new professional truck driver and the school’s instructors are some of the best in the country with the expertise that is creating the kind of commercial truck drivers that carriers all across the country are looking for. The CDL training program at US Truck puts students at the top of the list for some of the best truck driving jobs in the country and is helping hundreds of jobseekers launch a new career in one of America’s fastest growing employment fields.

Students of the CDL training program at U.S. Truck Driving School are put in the driver’s seat of their career path as many complete the program with multiple job offers and opportunities. The shortage of commercial drivers means that many professionally trained drivers have their pick as to which carrier they want to work for and what region of the country they want to work in. Professionally trained commercial truck drivers are in high demand and the trucking sector is one of the fastest growing industries in America. Truck carriers of all sizes are looking for more drivers and it’s a challenge that is actually holding the industry back from growing even more.